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Serengeti ecosystem in Africa, spanning northern Tanzania. The protected area within the region includes approximately 30,000 km² of land, including the Serengeti park and a number of other game reserves.

Serengeti

The Serengeti hosts the second largest terrestrial mammal migration within the world, which helps secure it together of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa, and together of the ten natural travel wonders of the planet.

Additionally renowned for its large lion population and is one of the simplest places to watch pride in its natural environment. Approximately 70 large mammals and 500 bird species are found there.

This high diversity may be a function of diverse habitats, including riverine forests, swamps, kopjes, grasslands, and woodlands. Blue wildebeest, gazelles, zebras, and buffalos are a number of the commonly found large mammals within the region.

Also contains the District of Tanzania. There has been controversy about a few proposals to create a road through the Serengeti.

The name “Serengeti” is usually said to be derived from the word “seringit” within the Maasai language, Maa, meaning “endless plains”.[dubious – discuss, However, this etymology doesn’t appear in Maa dictionaries.

Each year-round at the same time, the circular great wildebeest migration begins within the Ngorongoro Conservation Area of the south in Tanzania and loops during a clockwise direction through the park and north towards the Masai Mara reserve in Kenya.

This migration may be a phenomenon determined by the supply of grazing. The initial phase lasts from approximately January to March, when the calving season begins – a time when there’s much rain-ripened grass available for the 260,000 zebra that precede 1.7 million and therefore the following many thousands of other plains game, including around 470,000 gazelles.

Serengeti shall not die

Serengeti shall not die” is the title of Bernhard and Michael Grzimek’s academy award-winning 1959 documentary and represents Frankfurt Zoological Society’s (FZS) goal and vision to this day; the Serengeti remains at the core of our conservation work in Africa. 
 
FZS is continuing its engagement in close collaboration with Tanzania National Parks, by providing critical financial and logistical support, information on resource protection, ecological and threat monitoring, and park management in the Serengeti National Park. 
 
The Serengeti ecosystem is a world-renowned natural landscape. The Great Migration of wildebeests, zebras, and Thomson’s gazelles that takes place there is the largest ungulate migration on earth. With resilient populations of predators and iconic wildlife such as elephants, giraffes, and rhinos, the Serengeti National Park is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

Anti-poaching

To help ensure the effective long-term protection of elephants, rhinos, and other wildlife, FZS supports the Serengeti park authorities in coordinating anti-poaching and monitoring activities and in improving intelligence gathering capability in order to counter wildlife crime. FZS also engages with stakeholders to secure sustainable funding for a de-snaring program and supports the management of the adjacent Maswa Game Reserve.

The bird’s eye view

Ever since Bernhard and Michael Grzimek set out to count the wildebeest of the Serengeti, zebra-striped aircraft have become a trademark of FZS’s conservation work. Aerial support in the Serengeti National Park includes a dedicated spotter plane called Aviat Husky, which is used for regular aerial patrols with the park wardens, and a Cessna 182 for logistical support. The pilots fly to observe environmental changes and incidents, communicating their findings to the “Serengeti Operations Room” on the ground where TANAPA and FZS work together and deploy rangers.

Keeping conservation going

FZS maintains Serengeti National Park’s anti-poaching car fleet, as mobility is key to deploying ranger patrols throughout the park. Keeping service time down, and the patrols out in the field is an essential contribution to protecting the ecosystem. FZS also assists the park with improvements and maintenance of the extensive digital radio system.

Saving the Serengeti rhinos

As in many other areas in Africa, the Black Rhino was almost poached to extinction in Serengeti in the 1990s. Because rigid protection measures were put in place, the population of this endangered species grew again. We continue to support the monitoring and protection of the Serengeti rhinos as the poaching threat persists. We provide training, equipment, logistical support, and vehicle maintenance to a specialized ranger unit.

Community work

Empowering local communities is a key component of our conservation strategy. The Serengeti Conservation Project works hand-in-hand with our community project, Serengeti Ecosystem Management. The Serengeti Ecosystem Management (SEMA) office works to promote alternative ways for communities to earn income and to benefit from the area’s protection, creating incentives for conserving the Serengeti ecosystem. FZS encourages people living in the ecosystem to become actively engaged in conservation and in finding sustainable livelihood opportunities.

The protected area

The protected area within the region includes approximately 30,000 km2 (12,000 sq mi) of land, including the Serengeti park and a number of other game reserves.

Serengeti National Park is a World Heritage Site teeming with wildlife: over 2 million ungulates, 4000 lions, 1000 leopards, 550 cheetahs, and some 500 bird species inhabit an area close to 15,000 square kilometers in size.

Join us on a safari and explore the endless Serengeti plains dotted with trees and kopjes from which majestic lions control their kingdom; gaze upon the Great Migration in awe or find an elusive leopard in a riverine forest.

Or perhaps see everything from a bird’s-eye view and soar over the plains at sunrise during a hot air balloon safari. Accommodation options come in every price range – the sound of lions roaring at night is complimentary.

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